It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With
November 29, 2012 – 18:32 | No Comment

My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With

Submitted by on November 29, 2012 – 18:32No Comment

A couple months before, I was watching a documentary on the top 10 most dangerous creatures on earth. One of featured animals was python – an animal that could be a dangerous predator or some may love them as pets. One scene captured my attention: the story of a small boy (5 years old) with his pet python (15 feet long). The young lad sitting comfortably on the snake as easy as we breathe air, could there be such sweet chemistry?

Then the documentary proceeded to show how pythons feed on its victims. Regardless of size, an animated illustration showed how pythons target their victims and swallow them whole – which was mind boggling, especially after I’ve seen the previous intimacy the python child shared with its pet in the previous scenes. These two scenario sparks in me an idea – I wanted to explore the python child and his pet as potential characters in my story. Thus, my 3rd novel was born.

The idea for MANGSA (initially entitled GHAIB) is to share the mystery of many people going missing with a python in the settings. But as the story develops, the theme of the story surfaces to unfold that everyone is a victim to something. It could be a situation, obsession, person, relationship, work – MANGSA tells of how each character copes with being a victim and rises up beyond it.

Just as how the theme of the story surfaced during the process, so did the idea of turning it into a sequel. As I wrote along, a few characters from NGERI screamed into my mind begging to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born. And that’s how MANGSA came about.

MANGSA is currently available for sale at major bookstores such as Popular, MPH, Kinokuniya, Borders and Fixi Online Shop. You may read MANGSA as a standalone, or read it after you have read NGERI. Either way, here’s the first chapter for your preview.

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